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House Acts to Save American Brick Industry

The House took a stand Thursday against an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that threatens the survival of the small companies that make up the bulk of the American brick industry. The EPA's Brick Maximum Achievable Control Technology (Brick MACT) rule will require brick plants to install costly new emission reduction equipment, after first tearing out the expensive equipment they installed to comply with a previous, less stringent version of the rule. The new equipment will cost about $2.2 million per kiln, yet will eliminate only a negligible amount of mercury emissions per year, far less than is in the teeth of the American population.

03/04/2016
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Regulatory State Threatens Jobs, Wages and Startups

The negative impacts of federal regulations on jobs, wages and innovation was the subject this week of hearings before the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA 49) opened the hearing before the subcommittee on regulatory reform by noting that many in Washington consider the “endless expanding web of intricate [federal] rules” to be natural or desirable. “No one they know is going to lose a job because of overregulation,” he added.

02/26/2016
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FreedomWorks to Congress: Stop Obama’s Midnight Regulations

Following the introduction of the Midnight Rule Relief Act by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:

02/26/2016
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Don’t Blame Automation for Job Losses, Bad Economic Policies Are the Problem

Following the release of the Economic Report of the President, which includes a section on the rise of automation and the risks to low-wage jobs, FreedomWorks Senior Economic Contributor Stephen Moore commented:

02/22/2016
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How Mainstream Economics Misleads the Public

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece about how Bernie Sanders' economic policies have come under criticism by a number of progressive economists for their unrealistic math, While it remains true that Sanders’ policies are mostly indefensible can’t possibly work, David Dayen at the New Republic, in his response to the criticisms, actually makes a very good point about economic forecasting. He writes “What I do want to challenge is the idea that there’s one serious, evidence-based way to perform economic forecasting. The truth is that most economic forecasts that look several years into the future are flawed, almost by definition.”

02/19/2016
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Opening Pandora’s Set-Top Box

Towards the end of January, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a surprise announcement about regulations regarding set-top boxes, or what many refer to as their PVR. Mr. Wheeler announced that his agency would make cable providers “open” their set-top boxes to allow third-parties access to the designs and programming, essentially allowing them to compete in the set-top box market. While, at face value, there doesn’t appear to anything too nefarious, cracking open Mr. Wheeler’s plan reveals entirely different intentions and potential costs on consumers.

02/19/2016
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FreedomWorks Foundation Reacts to Supreme Court's Stay of EPA Anti-Coal Regulations

Following the Supreme Court's decision to stay the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, FreedomWorks Foundation Executive Director Curt Levey commented:

02/09/2016
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Economically Free States Are the Most Successful

The benefit of America’s federalist system, in which the states are largely free to set their own laws and regulations, is that these “laboratories of democracy” allow us to see what works and what doesn’t in terms of economic success. While there are numerous pitfalls in examining economic statistics, due to the wide variety of variables involved, you can learn a lot by seeing where people choose to live. People generally flock to locations where they can get a good job, raise their children as they please, and afford a decent standard of living, all things that directly relate to economic freedom.

02/09/2016
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Wisconsin Hates the Muffin Man

It is illegal to sell a muffin to your neighbor in the state of Wisconsin. Cookies, cakes, and breads are all banned too. In fact, selling these items is a crime punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail.

02/04/2016
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Obama’s $10 Per Barrel Tax on Oil Is a Terrible Idea

Following a report that President Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil to pay for green transportation programs, FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:

02/04/2016

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